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People are loving a video of WWE Superstar Damian Priest working on a farm – and its many comedic moments.
Filmed by BT Sports to promote this weekend’s Clash at the Castle event at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, it sees the 6ft 7in wrestling star try his hand at everything from shearing sheep to shuffling and making Welsh cakes.
We’re not saying it’s great, but judging by the wonderful feedback the short has had, thousands more think the exact same thing.
Luckily we’ve managed to get our hands on one of the short’s stars, Andrew Lennon, the Welsh actor who appears alongside Welsh veterans Lynn Hunter (currently starring in The Tuckers) and Dafydd Hywel in the hilarious video .
Here, Andrew tells us how to star star with the WWE legend and how the larger-than-life star was an absolute joy to work with.
“It came, literally, out of the blue for me,” Andrew said of how he got the job. “As is often the case, my agents sent a request for self-registration, and on this occasion the deadline was quite tight. From the brief, I had a good idea of the type of character they were looking for, and I’m a very confident improviser, which was part of the brief. My son and I put together a single take (normally I do a lot more), but our first reaction was “Let’s not mess up – this is the one!”. So self-registration and submission took no more than an hour!
“To make one more short story, a day later my agents said I had been selected for the job but shouldn’t hold my breath, and the next morning they phoned me and told me said I had reserved the position.
“At this point I knew a major wrestler was involved, but I had no idea who it was going to be – I found out a few days before. I hadn’t heard of Damien, but oh GOD my kids did!
“We filmed my scenes in the Mad Dog Brewery opposite Cardiff Castle (I managed to sip some of their beer as you can see in the advert – a nice perk for the job!) The scenes cabin footage was filmed on a working farm just outside Cardiff.
“The other two actors in the commercial are Lynn Hunter (she is currently in The Tuckers) and I have known Lynn for years – she also played my mother before. The farmer is Welsh veteran actor Dafydd Hywel who, like Lynn, has an acting resume a mile long.
“And then to Damian. I was scared enough to be fair. Of course I checked his entry on Wikipedia, found out he was 6ft 7 and I am middle aged/chubby and 5ft 8. Tried to find a step stool and i thought he looked scary. But Damian is a very intelligent, controlled and accomplished professional and an absolute gentleman. However, I wouldn’t like to tangle with him in a wrestling ring – and would prefer to emigrate before doing so. The man – that voice – I could hear him reading entries in the phone book.
“Not only did he know where Wales was, he loves the UK, visits a lot, but hadn’t been to Wales. He was very impressed. And on the day of the shoot, he brought the weather with him – it was beautiful. And he also speaks a bit of Welsh in the video – you can hear him say Iechyd da to me – his pronunciation was perfect once or twice.
“The whole shoot took a day, went really well, and I spent the whole day reeking of beer because, as you can see, Damian busts my beer can and causes a near-nuclear explosion . Between the painful laughs during takes, Damian and I must have done this 10-15 times from different angles, so by the end of the shoot, I felt like a brewery, and I was running one fictionally!
Read more about Clash at the Castle HERE https://www.wwe.com/shows/clash-at-the-castle
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